Thursday, Dec. 3

6 p.m. — Krum Christmas Tree Lighting at the Krum Public Library, 815 E. McCart St. Features official tree lighting, the Rev. Joe Mayo and singers from the Christian Center Assembly of God Church, Ms. Rhonda's All-Stars dancers and Santa Claus. Bring lawn chairs and letters to drop off for Santa. Free. 

Friday, Dec. 4

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Thousands visited downtown for the the 2018 Denton Holiday Lighting Festival. This year's event will be celebrated virtually. 

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Wendy Haun (right) anticipates the savory sip of West Oak Coffee’s secret wassail recipe during Wassail Weekend 2017.

2-6 p.m. — Denton Holiday Lighting Festival Drive-Thru at the First Baptist Church of Denton parking lot, 1100 Malone St. $5 to register for drive-up selfies with Santa in a snow globe, or $25 for Santa's VIP Bag (candy, crafts, light-up toy, ornament, CD, shirt and shorter waiting time for Santa). Drop off new toys for the Elves Shelves Toy Drive (or donate virtually). 500 free Santa goody bags while supplies last. Register at http://bit.ly/DHLF2020. Visit www.dentonholidaylighting.com

7-9 p.m. — Christmas Round-Up at Rancho de la Roca Retreat Center, 2459 W. Blackjack Road in Aubrey. Enjoy hay rides (last one sets out at 8:30 p.m.), the Christmas story under the stars, thousands of lights and carols around the campfire with Santa and treats at the chuck wagon. $10 per person, $5 for ages 3-5. Photos with Santa cost $5. Visit www.peaceoftherock.org/events.

Saturday, Dec. 5

10 a.m.-3 p.m. — LifeWorks Community’s Christmas Market, 1804 Cornell Lane. Outdoor sale of birdhouses and other crafts. Masks required.

1-5 p.m. — Denton Holiday Lighting Festival Drive-Thru in the downtown Wells Fargo Bank parking lot, at Austin and Mulberry streets. $5 to register for drive-up selfies with Santa in a snow globe, or $25 for Santa's VIP Bag — candy, crafts, light-up toy, ornament, CD, shirt and shorter waiting time for Santa. Drop off new toys for the Elves Shelves Toy Drive (or donate virtually). Register at http://bit.ly/DHLF2020. Visit www.dentonholidaylighting.com

6-7 p.m. — Denton Holiday Lighting Festival presents performances from local schools and bands on Facebook Live at www.facebook.com/DentonHolidayLighting. At 7 p.m., KUZU-FM (92.9) will spin A Very Merry Denton, the local album featuring music from the Denton Holiday Lighting Festival Spectacular.

7-9 p.m. — Christmas Round-Up at Rancho de la Roca Retreat Center, 2459 W. Blackjack Road in Aubrey. Enjoy hay rides (last one sets out at 8:30 p.m.), the Christmas story under the stars, thousands of lights and carols around the campfire with Santa and treats at the chuck wagon. $10 per person, $5 for ages 3-5. Photos with Santa cost $5. Visit www.peaceoftherock.org/events.

Ongoing

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Five-year-old Liam Wellman talks with Santa Claus during Denton Community Market's Holiday Market in November 2019. 

Dec. 5-24 — Santa Adventure Land is open in Golden Triangle Mall, 2201 S. I-35E. Snow room, North Pole Postal Room, Santa's workshop, Mrs. Claus' Kitchen, movie theater, a visit with real reindeer and more. Hours vary. $20-$40 for ages 2-14; adults and teens 15 and older get in for $6 with a child; add-on packages available. Visit santaadventureland.com.

Weekends through Dec. 13 — Holiday on the Farm by Team Family Farms hosts family-friendly events from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday through Sunday at 1042 W. Sherman Drive in Aubrey. $10 per person. No pets. Visit www.teamfamilyfarms.com.

Saturdays through Dec. 19 — December Market Days at the Denton Community Market, blending seasonal sights, sounds and merch at the weekly Saturday market at 317 W. Mulberry St. 9 a.m.-noon Dec. 5, 12 and 19. Free admission. Visit www.dentoncommunitymarket.com.

Dec. 12-31 — Theatre Denton presents Fireside Footlights: A Holiday Celebration From the Campus, an online presentation with music and stories for the season. Donations benefit Health Services of North Texas, Theatre Denton's Beaujolais & More, the Salvation Army Denton, the Junction and Hearts for Homes. Visit www.theatredenton.com and www.facebook.com/theatredenton.

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The Festival Ballet of North Central Texas is still staging “The Nutcracker” this year, in a venue with more space for audience members to socially distance, at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Conference Center in Grapevine. The ballet has brought in dancers Marta Petkova and Nikola Hadjitanev to perform the leading roles.

Dec. 18-20 — The Festival Ballet of North Central Texas presents The Nutcracker in the Texas Ballroom at the Gaylord Texan, 1501 Gaylord Drive in Grapevine. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18-19 and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 19-20. Tickets cost $30-$40. Visit www.festivalballet.net

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